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An ambitious new direction to grow the prosperity of our rural industries

AgriFutures Australia is the new name for Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC), but it’s much more than a name change, according to Managing Director John Harvey. The organisation has set its sights on a bold new direction ...


Applications open for inspiring Rural Women’s Award

Emerging female leaders who want to create impact, innovate and make a difference to rural and regional Australia are being encouraged to apply for the new-look AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award.


WA’s Tanya Dupagne wins prestigious award

Innovator, philanthropist and community leader, Tanya Dupagne, Camp Kulin Director, from Western Australia’s wheatbelt has been named the 2017 AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award National Winner, and South Australia’s Simone Kain the National Ru...


AgriFutures Australia: steely focus on the future of Australian agriculture

AgriFutures Australia has been announced as the new trading name for Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation (RIRDC), a statutory authority of the Federal Government established by the Primary Industries Research and Development Act 1989....


Reinvigorated Chicken Meat Advisory Panel focused on industry future

Food safety, poultry welfare and industry communications were headline discussions for the revised Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Chicken Meat Advisory Panel when they met on 21 August 2017.


Applications Open: AgriFutures Australia Rice Advisory Panel

AgriFutures Australia is seeking applications from suitably qualified individuals for positions on the Rice RD&E Advisory Panel.


Spotlight on agriculture’s emerging industries

Did you know it’s possible to milk a camel? Did you know there’s a type of fruit grown in Western Australia that’s an ancient Chinese delicacy? Well, take note, because camel milk and jujubes are two emerging Australian agricultural industries ...


Push for secure pollination to boost farm productivity

The ‘Securing Pollination for More Productive Agriculture: Guidelines for effective pollinator management and stakeholder adoption’ project is supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources as pa...


Overcoming the agricultural sector skills shortage

John Harvey, Managing Director of Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) says if we’re going to overcome agriculture’s persistent skills shortage, people need to know it’s not just a sector for farmers. Evidence from gove...


What do they want? Agriculture’s young leaders tell RIRDC

Managing Director of Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) John Harvey has been meeting with agriculture’s next generation of industry leaders, and he is seriously impressed. The next challenge, he says, is providing them wi...


New advisory panel announced for Australian Thoroughbred industry

The newly-formed Thoroughbred Advisory Panel will meet for the first time on 28 June 2017 and host a forum with industry and researchers to discuss research and development (R&D) opportunities for the Australian Thoroughbred industry.


Australia well placed to capitalise on quinoa superfood trend

Surging global popularity of the ‘superfood’ quinoa has put the plant front and centre of new research by the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) as part of the Corporations New and Emerging Industries R&D program....


Positions Vacant: Ginger RD&E Advisory Panel

The Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) is seeking the services of suitably qualified people to apply for positions on the RIRDC Ginger Industry Advisory Panel. The Panel consists of persons with a range of skills and experi...


RIRDC weighs in on food debate in agriculture and international trade agreements

In light of free trade agreements (FTA) negotiations between Australia and the European Union, the question of how to assess the potential of GIs to advance agriculture and international trade will be explored by keynote speaker the Minister for Trad...


New rural network to connect and empower Women in Rice

Connecting and empowering rural women to take an active role in rice farming businesses is the driving force behind a new ‘Women in Rice’ network, established by the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Rice Extension tea...


Quad Bike Innovations Give Farmers Better Safety Choices

New innovations designed to help reduce Australia’s quad bike injury and death toll are an important step towards giving farmers a choice in how they protect themselves, according to the Primary Industries Health and Safety Partnership. A number of...